Mens Singles Competition
Sunday, 26 September 2021 – The rearranged date for the Men’s Championship singles. The weather was favourable, spirits were high at the anticipation and excitement of a great days bowling ahead.
The Round Robin phase saw some surprising results and near misses, with Gary Burgess being run close by Bimpy, Dave Gordon (who struggled for form all day) made hard work of both his matches, Paul Crummey lost to Steve Halliwell, and Chris Lancaster made a surprise early exit from the competition.
The last 16 draw produced some mouth-watering ties, with the bottom half of the draw containing most of the ‘top’ players left in the tournament. Paul Crummey rapidly disposed of Dave Gordon 11-2, and Gary Burgess had too much for Mike Kellett on the day in what was a closely contested match.
In the top half of the draw newcomer Steve Halliwell progressed to the semi-finals alongside El Presidente to set up a clash of (comparative) youth v experience. Youngster Halliwell ultimately causing a cupset by knocking out the experienced Morrell who perhaps was grateful not to have to play another game with his dodgy knees.
In the other semi, Gary Burgess overcame Paul Crummey in possibly the best match of the day, with some high-quality bowls from both players throughout.
The final itself was a one-sided affair, with Gary Burgess playing some very accurate corner to corner bowls, ultimately running out 21-4. A well-deserved victory, and a good learning experience for the plucky runner-up.
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